The Land Of The Free

The Land Of The Free

In the land of the free

                You are brought up

                                To do as you are told.

Conform to the norm,

                Salute the flag,

                                Take the oath,

Pray to an invisible being,

                Believe in a dream!

That’s the way

                The wealthy elite

                                Like it.

Opher – 25.2.2022

The thing that struck me most about America was its conformity. Even when Americans sort out a seemingly antisocial group they merely conformed to a strict set of rules and thinking.

There is a brainwashing process involved – the saluting, the flag, the oath of allegiance, the belief in God. It’s overwhelming.

The McCarthy campaign was so incredibly effective. Socialism and Communism are dirty words. The capitalists won hands down. They enslaved everyone and dangled the idea of the American Dream. If you worked hard you too could be a billionaire. Bullshit. The reality is that a tiny percentage are creaming off a giant’s share.

The public are threatened, beset with racism, violent control and work for a pittance without benefits.

It’s a model that capitalists are trying to impose on the rest of the world by stealth.

Slavery hasn’t ended, it’s just taken a different form.

They’ll be pie in the sky when you die – now get back to work on your three jobs! You can’t afford to be sick!!

The Benefits of a Tory Brexit

  1. You get to queue for hours to get abroad
  2. You have red tape, delays and extra costs
  3. You can’t work, travel or study abroad without major obstacles
  4. The cost of labour has gone up so the cost of living has gone up
  5. We have massive costs with extra staff and facilities at borders carrying out unnecessary checks on goods and people
  6. We have huge lorry parks for delayed goods
  7. We have the break up of the UK with Northern Ireland and Scotland in dire straits
  8. We have food rotting in fields, fishermen losing their market, hotels and caterers with staff shortages, no carers, NHS staff shortages
  9. We have a loss of trade with firms moving abroad or going bust through delays, loss of markets or additional costs, tariffs, red tape and staff shortages.
  10. We have massive price increases in the shops and shortages of many goods.
  11. We are replacing, at great cost, cheap EU workers, with more expensive workers from Africa and India.
  12. We have worse trade deals with distant countries.

We do, however, have a lot of very wealthy people, like Rees-Mogg, who made a fortune out of it!!

Welcome to Tory Brexit!! The impoverished land of lies and deception. Guess how many million Boris Johnson will have made out of Brexit and his job as PM?? Watch all the money pouring in.

Ever been duped???

What has happened to politics??

I think we can trace it right back to 9/11. When the planes flew into the World Trade Centre the world changed.

We were going along quite nicely – standard of living was good, we were getting on top of racism. Progress was slow but we were heading in the right direction.

9/11 and the wave of extreme Muslim terrorism sparked off a reaction. Fear created paranoia. There was a rise in racism and a surge of nationalism – kick out immigrants, shut the borders.

Populists seized their opportunity, rode this wave of fear and racism, stoked up hate and division and gained power.

Politics became extreme.

In the USA it resulted in Tea Party madness and then Trump. The rabid far-right populist loonies took over the Republican Party and transformed it into a fascist party.

In the UK we had the lunacy of Brexit followed by a take-over of the Tory Party by the ERG and the election of Johnson the affable populist clown (really a cynical narcissist).

The whole world lurched to the far-right with the election of nutcases like Bolsonaro, Oban, Modi, Erdogan and Morrison.

Poetry – George Floyd Looks Down on Trump

George Floyd Looks Down on Trump

‘It’s such a great day!’

I didn’t hear him say.

Someone told him he had to change his tone.

He was turning people off.

His ratings were going through the floor.

Hiding in his bunker tweeting tough.

So he tried his very best

To appear sensitive and caring,

But he fell short.

Struggling to find words

To look as if he cared,

But he’d been caught.

‘It’s such a great day!’

I didn’t hear him say.

Opher – 5.6.2020

One thing is quite clear – Trump completely lacks empathy. He not only cannot understand what motivates black people; he detests them. In his book they are losers.

Instead of showing sympathy for the callous murder of George Floyd he merely said ‘It’s such a great day.’

Is it?

What did he mean by that?

A great day that George was murdered?

Poetry – Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

The same thing

Time after time

Injustice and violence

‘Dominate the jerks’

Says Trump.

One rule for you

And one rule for me

Complete lack

Of empathy

From the chump.

Life is cheap

If you are black

In America.

Where’s the leadership?

Where’s the compassion?

Where’s the country’s Cazar?

Hiding away in his bunker

With the lights out

Tweeting threats!

Devoid of answers.

Devoid of humanity.

Displaying no regrets!!

Opher 1.6.2020

How long does it take for a people to gain justice?

How many years?

Civil rights is not a gift to bestow; it is a right.

Human beings are all one species.

It is time we started to judge people by their character and not their colour.

Long overdue!!

The Stench of Extreme Nationalism.

The extreme ERG has always flirted with fascism. Their xenophobia, outright racism and nationalism is repulsive. They are relics of a by-gone age – the age that put up statues that we want to pull down. Their nastiness is only exceeded by their corrupt greed. They arrogantly think they are a law to themselves.

The stench covers the land.

Poetry – No War has ever been won

No War has ever been won

No war has ever been won.

We always count the casualties.

It always resounds down the centuries.

No war can ever be won.

We all lose when we start.

The billions we spend on guns

Is taken from a range of funds.

No war is ever won.

When we turn to war

We traumatise so many.

Winners? There are not any.

You can never win a war.

No war has ever been won.

We count the cost in hate;

Minds broken on winds of fate.

For no war can ever be won.

When that is what we choose

We all lose.

Opher 23.10.2019

Every war resonates down the centuries – hatreds are stoked for centuries. We’re still fighting the First World War, the Battle of the Boyne and all the rest.

They are never forgotten.

The winners are scarred. The losers are scarred.

We are all the poorer. The traumatised, with their PTSD, clog up our streets, our hospitals and our mental homes. The anger, violence and hatred resound through our communities.

Nobody ever wins a war.

Poetry – British Bulldogs

British Bulldogs

British bulldogs – one, two, three

Fed on British beef!

Using bullet and boot to rule the world

Just another thief.

Scandal sheets – drip, drip, drip

Times, Mail and Sun!

Feeding lies of superiority!

Using populist bullshit and fear

To suppress the minority.

Elitist garbage – drip, drip, drip

Telegraph, Express and Standard!

Mixing celebrities and sport

With political propaganda

Of the vilest sort.

British bulldogs – one, two, three

Fed on British beef!

Using bullet and boot to rule the world

Just another thief.

Opher 15.9.2019

We’ve been fed on this mantra of greatness; that Britons are the greatest people in the world and once we ruled the whole planet.

It’s garbage.

Britain is a great place to live because working people fought for our rights and freedoms.

The Tabloid press drip-feeds a mantra of xenophobic nonsense.

We are no better or worse than other people.